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Helping the Community Through Bowling

American Business Clubs (AMBUCS), is a century-old membership organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities. For the past 50 plus years, Savannah AMBUCS has hosted a League of Exceptional Bowlers for people with various disabilities. On Saturdays, the League is joined by a group of Georgia Southern University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students for a unique out-of-classroom experience where they spend their time assisting bowlers to promote an inclusive and competitive environment. In addition to the hands-on experience, DPT students have an opportunity to interact with various community members.

Each year, students pursuing careers in the allied health professions and volunteering with AMBUCS are given an opportunity to apply for a Savannah AMBUCS Scholarship. Twelve DPT students have been awarded scholarships totaling over $17,000. Each scholarship ranged from $500 to $3000.

The following DPT students were awarded a scholarship:

  • Alexandra Adams
  • Luke Thayer
  • Mirim Gritis
  • Averi Donaldson
  • Mary Carpenter
  • Nicole Ebel
  • Phil Miller
  • Kyle Marlow
  • Ashley Chafin
  • Taylor Lane
  • Isaac Milliken
  • Kylee McCluskey

Scottish Rite Donates $10,000 to the RiteCare Center

For over a decade, the Valley of the Scottish Rite Masons has generously supported Georgia Southern University’s RiteCare Center for Communication Disorders on the Armstrong Campus. The Valley of Savannah Scottish Rite Masons host two fundraisers each year for the RiteCare Center: the Scottish Rite Golf Tournament and the Walk for RiteCare, each year for the RiteCare Center.

This past year, $10,000 dollars was donated to the RiteCare Center to assist with funding the learning experience of Georgia Southern communication sciences and disorders graduate students as well as supporting the success of those who require speech therapy. With the donations made by the Savannah Scottish Rite Masons, the RiteCare Center is able to fund equipment and materials to create experiences that grow well-rounded speech-language pathologists that ultimately foster communicative growth and development in the clients the Center serves.

About the RiteCare Center on Armstrong Campus
The RiteCare Center is a teaching communication disorders center for students in the graduate Communication Sciences and Disorders program. Under the supervision of experienced licensed and certified speech-language pathologists, students provide low cost services to include assessment and intervention services for children and adults with communication delays or disorders.

About the RiteCare and Scottish Rite Masons
The RiteCare Center at Georgia Southern University is supported by the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite – Savannah Valley, in keeping with the national philanthropic program of the Scottish Rite Masons to support speech and hearing clinics. Today, there are numerous RiteCare clinics, centers and special programs operating or planned throughout the United States. Through this philanthropic effort, RiteCare Centers have significantly helped tens of thousands of children across the United States improve their communication skills in order to improve their lives.


Physical Therapy Faculty Present Research

This past February, faculty from the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences attended and presented at the National American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

The following research was presented:

  • “Interprofessional Care of the Injured Athlete: Intercollegiate Models” by Walter L. Jenkins, PT, MS, ATC, LAT, DHS, Allen Hardin, PT, ATC, MS, Tory Lindley, ATC, Jill Maria Thein-Nissenbaum, PT, MPT, ATC, DSc, Amy Powell, MD
  • “What Is All the Hype About Running Shoes? Practical Implications for the Running Tactical Athlete” by Nancy C. Henderson, PT, DPT and Haley Shea Worst, PT, DPT
  • “Combat Sports: Different Types, Rehabilitation, Performance Enhancement, and How Self Defense May Save Your Life” by George James Davies, PT, DPT, MEd, FAPTA, Lauren Lou, PT, DPT and Charles E. Rainey, PT, DPT, DSc
  • “The Effects of Eccentric Loading on Hamstring Flexibility” by Dixie Edalgo, SPT, Hunter Lewis, SPT, James Rowe, SPT, Ryan Decarreau, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, Nancy Henderson, PT, DPT, OCS
  • “Many Faces of Sports Physical Therapy” by Ross Makoto Nakaji, PT, ATC, Shefali Mathur Christopher, PT, DPT, Erik Peter Meira, PT, DPT, Susan A. Falsone, PT, ATC, MS, Stephania Leigh Bell, PT, Kerry Lee Mullenix, PT, ATC and George James Davies, PT, DPT, MEd, FAPTA
  • “Isokinetic Testing Effects of Various Positions and Velocities on Two Novel Functional Unilateral Shoulder Ratios” by Hayley Katherine Abell, SPT, Hannah Lawson, SPT, Alyssa Martinek, Bradley Seuntjens, SPT, Bryan Riemann, PhD, and George James Davies, PT, DPT, MEd, FAPTA
  • “Torque Steadiness Measurements of the Shoulder in Normal Subjects and Subjects with Shoulder Pain” by Zach Lewis Gretsch, SPT, Jacob Chandler Fogarty, SPT, Ross Chandler Morris, SPT and Kyle Marlow, SPT, Bryan Riemann and George James Davies, PT, DPT, MEd, FAPTA
  •  “The “Kneed” to Know: Sports Injuries Throughout the Lifespan” by George James Davies, PT, DPT, MEd, FAPTA, Ronald Wayne Courson, PT, Robert C Manske, PT, DPT, MEd and Michael James Tankovich, PT, DPT, ATC
  • “How to Function as a Civilian PT working with Military Tactical Athletes” by Nancy Henderson, PT, DPT, OCS, LTC, Joseph Kardouni, PT, PhD, LTC Mike Bean, PT, DPT, OCS, MAJ Mandy Wolfe, PT, DPT, OCS
  • “Effects of Education, Taping, and Stretching on Forward Head Posture and Muscular Trigger Points” by Haley Worst, PT, DPT; Nancy Henderson, PT, DPT; Andi Beth Mincer, PT, EdD, Kaitlyn Crawley, SPT; Alexis Gonzalez, SPT; Delicia Bell, SPT

In addition to presenting, attendees had the opportunity to network and interact with peers and leaders in their field and learn about the latest research and cutting-edge products. The conference was attended by over 13,000 individuals from over 30 countries and consisted of 350 educational sessions and over 1,000 poster presentations representing 18 specialty sections of APTA.  


Walk Held to Raise Funds for the RiteCare Center

This past October, the Valley of Savannah Scottish Rite Masons held their 2nd Annual Walk for RiteCare at Lake Mayer Park in Savannah, Georgia. Held annually, the walk is held as a way to raise funds for the Georgia Southern University RiteCare Center.

Eighty individuals, including Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus students and staff, registered and participated in the walk. Featuring trick-or-treating along the walking trail for children, a children’s costume contest and a team costume contest, the event raised $5,000 for the RiteCare Center. Graduate students from the communication sciences and disorders class of 2021 team won first place for the costume contest with second place going to the communication sciences and disorders undergraduate students on National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSHLA) team.

About the RiteCare Center on Armstrong Campus
The RiteCare Center is a teaching communication disorders center for students in the graduate Communication Sciences and Disorders program. Under the supervision of experienced licensed and certified speech-language pathologists, graduate students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program provide low cost services to include assessment and intervention services for children and adults with communication delays or disorders.

About the RiteCare and Scottish Rite Masons
The RiteCare Center at Georgia Southern University is supported by the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite – Savannah Valley, in keeping with the national philanthropic program of the Scottish Rite Masons to support speech and hearing clinics. Today, there are numerous RiteCare clinics, centers and special programs operating or planned throughout the United States. Through this philanthropic effort, RiteCare Centers have significantly helped tens of thousands of children across the United States improve their communication skills in order to improve their lives.


CSDS Graduate Students Promote Community Brain Injury Awareness

Fifteen communication sciences and disorders graduate students from the Waters College of Health Professions Department of Rehabilitation Sciences participated in the 7th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Walk to support the Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG) this past October.

“The Brain Injury Awareness walk is such a special event in which I am honored to have participated,” stated Savannah, Georgia native Caroline Steed. “It’s important to be involved in events like this so that we can spread awareness about traumatic brain injuries, empower the survivors and their caregivers, as well as provide support.”

Students not only participated in the walk but had the opportunity to interact with local professionals. Walks such as the Brain Injury Awareness Walk help to raise funds necessary to continue different support groups and research for those impacted by brain injuries. 

According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (n.d.), speech-language pathologists play an integral role in evaluating, intervening and advocating for those impacted by brain injuries. Throughout their graduate school career, communication sciences and disorders students receive direct training to promote skills needed to provide exceptional speech/language therapy services to brain injury survivors.

“As a first year graduate student, I am wrapping up my neuroanatomy and physiology course, where I have learned so much about the inner workings of the brain. However, what’s really fascinating is how each and every one of my classes is interrelated and has helped me learn ways to provide exceptional services. One of my greatest areas of interest in this field is working with those who have had a traumatic brain injury, so I am particularly grateful to be in such a great program and to be able to learn from such knowledgeable professors.” 

About BIAG
The Mission of the BIAG is to provide hope, help, and support to the citizens of Georgia who have sustained or have been affected by brain injury.

About the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
The Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program allows students to enter careers in speech-language pathology as well as prepares students to pursue the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). The degree includes a total of 57 credit hours of academic coursework and a minimum of 400 clinical clock hours as described by ASHA for the Certificate of Clinical Competency. The program is accredited in the area of speech-language pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). 


Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus 

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences Dept # 4902
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419